The Future is rather exciting. Every England fan will be getting Déjà vu reading this, with England teams promised to dominant the World many a time. But this time it could be different. Is Southgate the one?
WORLD CUP 2018
The world cup in the summer was everything we could hope for. We all remember the dreaded night of Iceland. Painful, humiliating and I don’t think fans have ever felt as disconnected from the national team as they did that night. Chants of ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt rang round the stadium. Comparing that to the summer it’s like Jekyll and Hyde. We had chants for every player, ‘Southgate you’re the one’ was always in the back of your head and ‘it’s coming home’ was top of the charts. Albeit given an easy draw, a World Cup semi-final was very impressive from Southgate’s men. What was more impressive however, was the love we all regained for our National Team. The World Cup 2018 was a big first step into turning England into
Rival fans biggest doubt of England’s was the run was easy. The point does stand, and there is a chance we are overreacting, but the way in which we dismantled teams and did things so ma y England teams have failed to do. Individual performances of the likes of Maguire, Pickford, Kane and Tripper were very impressive. That’s only naming a few. The 3-1-4-2 system worked magnificently, especially in defence.
Harry Kane, England’s captain, won the golden boot. The first time an England player has done this Gary Linker in 1986. England have never before won a World Cup penalty shootout before the Columbia game. This England team broke records.
It’s fair to say, England don’t have it half bad when it comes to up and coming players. Players like Jadon Sancho, Joe Gomez and Ben Chilwell have all hugely impressed this season for their respective Clubs. Jadon Sancho probably tops the list, and may have inspired a generation of young English Talent to move away and start playing regularly. He was barely known in the youth ranks at Man City, and is now looking like a potential superstar, already winning the Bundesliga player of the month at the age of 18. Reis Nelson from Arsenal is also enjoying success in the Bundesliga. Players who have obvious Talent, but are not getting the game time may follow suit. Phil Foden (Manchester City) springs to mind, as does Callum Hudson Odio (Chelsea), who Bayern Munich have bid 20 million pounds for despite him only having played 10 games for Chelsea.
This all being said, have these youngsters done it at youth level? Certainly. The young lions have had some incredible success of recent times. The U17’s won their tournament in India, defeating Spain in the final. Phil Foden, as mentioned above was the stand out from that tournament. The U19’s won the 2017 tournament, in which they didn’t lose a game, or even draw for that matter. The U20’s won their tournament in 2017, with players like Lewis Cook, Kyle Walker-Peters and Dominic Calvert-Lewin featuring, who now sometimes feature for their clubs.
As well as upcoming players, many of England’s main core of established players now are 25 and below. Captain Harry Kane is 25, Dele Alli is 22, John Stones is 24 and Sterling is also 24. They still have time to grow and hit their prime, as well as talented young stars could integrate and make the perfect mix of experience and youth. Certainly is Exciting.
In my opinion, the Nations League in June 2019 could be a huge step for Southgate’s Men to kick on and win the Euros or the World Cup. There is a semi-final on the 6th June against Netherlands and we will face either Portugal or Denmark in the final. Huge opportunity to win silverware. Albeit it’s not a major tournament, it’s still a new and fresh trophy and you have to beat big Nations to get there. England’s 3-2 victory over Spain was incredibly impressive, and revenge over Croatia was needed as well. To not ‘bottle’ this tournament would be a great testament to Southgate and Co. Also, this would be many players first Trophy, including the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli (providing Tottenham don’t win anything this season). As a Tottenham fan myself, that last line was hard to type.
If any belief in themselves was lost against Croatia, winning this Tournament would be a big boost to all involved with England, and could be what’s needed to kick on to the next level.
Last but certainly not least, Gareth Southgate OBE. Yes, he got an OBE. Harry Kane also got an MBE. This shows the influence the World Cup had. Anyway, Gareth Southgate has really turned his Career around. People had their doubts when he was appointed after Sam Allardyce controversy. He had success with the U21’s but it’s a big step. Ever since, he has slowly proved everyone wrong. An undefeated World Cup Qualifying was expected, but as stated, the World Cup blew us all away.
He gained a genuine Connection with the Fans and became an Icon. I mean, Marks and Spencer even released that the sale of Waistcoats went up by 35% during the World Cup, and the hashtag ‘Waistcoat Wednesday’ trended on twitter.
Every decision he’s made in his tenure so far has been absolutely spot on. I speak on behalf of all England fans saying we trust this man. An England manager has not had this backing in a while, and that can only bring success.